JOHN Aloisi remains adamant he is the man to rescue Melbourne Heart's A-League season despite watching his team suffer yet another loss after going down to the Newcastle Jets on Sunday.
Heart were beaten 3-1 at Hunter Stadium, their fifth defeat in succession leaving them rooted to the foot of the A-League table.
The pressure is sure to mount further on embattled coach Aloisi this week, but the former Socceroos striker insisted he has what it takes to salvage the Heart's season.
"I (can) turn it around by making sure the players keep working, I keep working hard, the coaching staff, everyone at Melbourne Heart is working hard to turn this around because we're good enough to turn it around," he said.
"Sometimes it's a little bit of luck (we need) but also make sure the players focus for 90 minutes, concentrate, believe in what we're doing. They are believing, just sometimes they're losing that concentration and making silly errors.
Fit-again captain Harry Kewell is due to make his first appearance since Round 1 when the Heart host Adelaide United at AAMI Park next Sunday.
Aloisi will welcome the return of the veteran forward, while issuing a reminder that he is unlikely to solve all of the team's ills on his own.
"Harry's been through situations like this, players like Harry stand up, then the others around him end up growing because they look around and they see Harry's out here now, of course he will help but it's not all on him," he said.
Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond revealed that he had recently instructed striker Adam Taggart, who netted a hat-trick against the Heart and has now scored six goals in the last three games, to learn from highlights of former Jets frontman Joel Griffiths.
"I had a good chat to him (Taggart) after the Wellington game and I said to him 'do yourself a favour, youtube the 2007-08 season and have a look a Joel, how he moved and what he did and his work ethic off the ball'," Van Egmond said.
"He really has responded to being able to visualize and see what Joel did, they're very similar players in certain ways but Taggs is his own man."